About Us

Friends of Fort Fisher is an organization of supporters that work in conjunction with the Fort Fisher State Historic Site and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to preserve this historic battlefield and training ground, interpret the Fort Fisher stories and promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for the significance of Fort Fisher’s role in our history.


The Friends organization provides the resources to take the site to higher levels of public education and awareness. We encourage the use of technology in the museum sciences, promote advocacy, and harmonious programming and property development that complement this historic sites delicate coastal environment. The friends will also promote and support scholarly research and authorship through the establishment of scholarships at the post secondary and graduate school levels.


John M. Coble, Chairman (Wilmington, NC)

Dennis St. Andrew, Vice Chairman (Cary, NC)

Harry Parham, Treasurer (Wilmington, NC)

M. Tyrone Rowell, Secretary (Wilmington, NC)

Brig. Gen. (Ret) James Carper, Past Chair (Wilmington, NC)

John Downing (Wilmington, NC)

Jim Johnson (Shallotte, NC)

Dennis St. Andrew, Vice Chairman (Cary, NC)

Geoffrey Losee (Wilmington, NC)

Mike McCarley (Wilmington, NC)

Mark McLamb (Wilmington, NC)

Richard Wallace (Kure Beach, NC)

Denis White (Wrightsville Beach, NC)

Christine Divoky {ex officio} (Wilmington, NC)

James Steele, III {ex officio} (Wilmington, NC)

Tom Fagart, Special Liaison Friends of Elmira (NY) POW Camp (Concord, NC)


Our North Carolina legislators realize the value of the resource we have here at Fort Fisher and they have taken steps to bring our facilities up to date and increase our size. But we need YOU, our community, to help us fill that museum and expand the earthworks exhibits. With your input we have created exciting plans for additional mounds, artillery and museum exhibits! 

It will take $3 Million to bring this whole project to life. It's a big goal and we are a small organization, but we know that many of you have a strong commitment to and passion for history. We know many of you have ancestors that were involved in the Battles of Fort Fisher and the Wilmington Campaign. We know many of you have family that served in WWII and may have trained at Fort Fisher's anti-aircraft training facility while stationed at Camp Davis. 

We are counting on you to keep history alive and to preserve Fort Fisher State Historic Site while bringing its facilities into the 21st Century. Our collective commitment and our passion is strong. Together we can do this! Together we can achieve $3 Million.  Please donate to this project today.

If you would like to know more about sponsorship and naming opportunities, please contact our Executive Director, Christine Divoky, at 910.233.2013 or cdivoky@friendsoffortfisher.com.


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